Extradition of Vijay Mallya underway: MEA

Extradition of Vijay Mallya underway: MEA

Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) spokesperson Gopal Baglay on Thursday said the process of extradition of now defunct Kingfisher Airlines owner Vijay Mallya is underway.

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“Prime Minister Narendra Modi had raised the matter with British Prime Minister ( Theresa May) during their meeting on the sidelines of G-20,” Baglay said.

“The fact that the Prime Minister raised the matter shows the importance India attaches to the issue,” he added.

In a June hearing at London court, in a major setback to India, the court expressed surprise that New Delhi has not provided evidence to Mallya yet, who is battling a slew of cases in India over his default case involving Rs. 9,000 crore worth loans to a clutch of public sector banks.

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The 61-year-old liquor baron has been out on bail, since his arrest in April in London.

The Westminster Magistrates’ Court in London on July 6 heard the extradition case of Mallya and set the next date for September 14.

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